It never sounded like much, but now we all know how long 20 seconds really is. While you’re standing there singing Happy Birthday – or whatever song you have settled on – a couple of times, you’ve probably had plenty of time to think about what’s for dinner or which Zoom background you want to use for the next meeting. (If you took the opportunity to look at your bath lighting, and have decided it’s time for some more contemporary light fixtures, just let us know!) 

Some of the folks here at Sculpta Designer Lighting, had some questions about handwashing so we’ve been doing a little research. We figure if we had questions, you might, too, so we thought we’d share what we learned. 

What’s better – soap or hand sanitizer? 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) say that if you have a choice, go with soap and water, which reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals that might be on your hands. And, of course, wash for 20 seconds. “But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others,” the say. 

The downside to sanitizers is that they don’t eliminate all types of germs. “Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidiumnorovirus, and Clostridium difficile,” the CDC experts explain. “Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly1-15, people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried 14.”

Which leads to the next question…

How long should I take when washing my hands with sanitizer? 

This one is easy – until they are dry.

 

Of course, we’re not scientists or medical professionals, we are experts in lighting design and contemporary light fixtures, so always check with your doctor if you have questions.

Interior lighting is an important element of every room in your house, helping to evoke a certain ambiance while also facilitating the function of the space. When it comes to making a home office a place where you can be both productive and comfortable, the lighting design can be key.

Designer home lighting can make life not only more beautiful but also easier. For example, a contemporary chandelier in the entryway will illuminate the area when you’re looking for your keys but can also fill the space with warmth that will be appreciated when you welcome guests. The right bath lighting can make it easier to put on your makeup or get a good shave, while also helping to create a soothing haven. 

If you already have a home office or if you are converting a space in your home for use as a home office during these unprecedented times, you should take the time to determine if the existing lighting design is going to facilitate your efforts or if, perhaps, you need to make some changes. 

Home Office Lighting Design

Whether you are working from home or are simply at home trying to work, the interior lighting of your workspace can play an important role in determining how much you get done on any given day. 

As Michael Desmond of The Spruce says, “Poor lighting can reduce your energy, dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively.” Boom!

“If you don’t have a lot of natural light, then artificial lights are even more important when considering workspace illumination,” he says. “Many home offices have ambient lighting that includes overhead or recessed lights, but it’s a mistake to think that those will suffice. Existing ambient lighting is not designed for functional lighting in the home office, and it’s necessary to add additional sources.”

Designer home lighting can be both attractive and functional and is worth investing in for the long-term. At this moment in time, when you may need to get your home office up and running quickly, you may need to focus your interior lighting needs on the functional. If we can help in anyway, contact us.

Exterior lighting is designed not only to enhance the visual appeal of the exterior of your home but also to help you make the most of your outdoor spaces. And if there’s ever been a time to try to get out and enjoy outdoor living spaces illuminated with contemporary lighting fixtures, this is definitely it.

Staying home is one of the best things you can do to stay safe and to do your part to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But staying home doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside. Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, designer exterior lighting can help you get out and enjoy it. 

Landscape and Exterior Lighting

If you are thinking about lighting up and enjoying your outdoor areas, the design pros at HGTV recommend that you start off by defining what you want your new exterior landscape lighting to do. “Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard,” they say.  

It’s not just a question of lighting up the night and finding a little space to stretch. You can accomplish a lot of things with exterior and landscape lighting. If you have kids, you might want to light up a section of your lawn for their use as a playing ground. If it’s just the two of you, you can use exterior lighting to inspire romance or to create a little welcome breathing room after all your together time. 

Exterior lighting is also a great way to enhance home security and safety. Designer exterior lighting on your front porch or by the back door will do a lot to keep crooks at bay, while strategically placed flood lights or pathway lighting can illuminate uneven walkways or steps that might trip someone up.  

All of us at Sculpta Designer Lighting wish you and your family all the very best during these difficult days. If our contemporary lighting fixtures can help make things easier for you, please contact us.

Talk about an innovative mind! Thomas Alva Edison received almost 1,100 patents in his lifetime. Of course, here at Sculpta Designer Lights, we are most impressed – and grateful – for his many inventions and advancements regarding electricity and electric lights.

Edison wasn’t the only one trying to invent a safe and affordable form of electric light. Various scientists had been scratching their heads over the challenge for decades. In 1880, when Edison had his big breakthrough, contemporary lighting was gaslight. 

Edison – Beyond Lightbulbs and Light Fixtures

As the U.S. Department of Energy reports, “Edison left a profound impact on the nation’s energy sector. Beyond inventing a light bulb that was both practical and inexpensive, he devised a whole system of electric lighting — including electricity generators, wires to get electricity from the power station to homes and light fixtures (lamps, sockets and switches).”

Edison also invented the phonograph and one of the earliest moving picture cameras. Also of ongoing interest was the battery he designed for use in electric cars.

“Back when the automobile was first introduced, electric cars outsold their internal combustion counterparts. Still, the lead-acid batteries that powered these vehicles featured several limitations: not only were they very heavy, acid from the battery would corrode the car’s interior,” the Department of Energy says. “Edison was among the first scientists focused on developing a better alternative.”

Edison struggled with the challenge, but did develop a battery, albeit one that had some issues. “Edison’s batteries were plagued by many shortcomings and were eventually outpaced in the automobile market by the arrival of Henry Ford’s Model T,” the D.O.E. says. “Although it failed to live up to automotive expectations, the Edison battery proved to be a profitable invention and paved the way for the modern alkaline battery.”

With his inventive mind, we like to think that Edison would have approved of the contemporary light fixtures we specialize in here at Sculpta Designer Lighting.